After graduating from MA College of Art and Design in 2011, I worked with Handshouse Studios as a painter and educator on a project in Poland to reconstruct an 18th century wooden synagogue that was destroyed in World War II. The project was completed for the Museum Of the History of Polish Jews in 2013 and is a part of their permanent collection in Warsaw.
In the inter-war period between WWI and WWII, architectural students from Warsaw documented hundreds of these unique structures and buried their research underground to save it from being destroyed. It was this cache of information and years of research upon which we based our work. Using only traditional tools, techniques and materials we replicated the elaborate roof structure of the Gwodziec Synagogue as accurately as possible.
Be sure to check out the Documentary about the project, "Raise the Roof, " that's now airing on PBS. For more info go to http://www.polishsynagogue.com